‘Katy Keene’: Does Pepper Smith Have a Big Secret? Actor Julia Chan Thinks So!

by Jeremy Spirogis
Julia Chan and Lucy Hale

Riverdale followers have solely had three weeks to satisfy Katy Keene (Lucy Hale) and her New York pals on the Archie spinoff collection. There’s already excessive drama for Katy in her style job, and her pals Josie (Ashleigh Murray) in music and Jorge (Jonny Beauchamp) in dance. Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) is a gossip blogger getting the inside track on all of it.

Julia Chan and Lucy Hale
(L-R): Julia Chan and Lucy Hale | Peter Kramer/The CW

Even although Pepper purports to be a journalist chronicling the world of Katy Keene, Chan believes she has her personal secrets and techniques. Chan spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet in August. Even again then she suspected Pepper was going to disclose some secrets and techniques. Katy Keene airs Thursday nights at eight p.m. on The CW.

Julia Chan beloved Pepper Smith as quickly as she learn ‘Katy Keene’

When Chan learn the audition script for Katy Keene, she knew it will be a juicy half. So far the position has not upset her.

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Julia Chan | David Giesbrecht/The CW

“When I saw the script, she really popped off the page for me and I just loved her immediately,” Chan mentioned. “I loved her sort of crackling dialogue. I really love her enthusiasm and the love she has for her friends, her effort to always make sure that people are occupied and having the best time possible. She is sort of the social glue of the group. Do I identify with her? I have a sort of unhealthy obsession with fashion so we shared that for sure.”

Pepper Smith talks like Julia Chan on ‘Katy Keene’

Chan was born within the U.Ok. however grew up in Hong Kong. She developed a singular accent as a result. That’s the voice you hear on Katy Keene.

“At the time, Hong Kong was still a British colony,” Chan mentioned. “My brother and I both went to British schools. A lot of my friends ended up in American schools. I was also born in the U.K. and went to Hong Kong when I was four. My accent now is a weird mid-Atlantic Katharine Hepburn dead accent. It’s just osmosis I think when you’ve moved around a bit.”

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(L-R): Julia Chan, Lucy Hale and Ashleigh Murray | Peter Kramer/The CW

The creators of Katy Keene determined they favored that lifeless accent, so Pepper speaks in Chan’s pure voice.

“I think in many ways, our way of speaking isn’t dissimilar so that’s been really fun,” Chan mentioned. “I came in with a very particular accent and they let me keep it. It’s really fun. I think if we were at school you’d call it estuary. It’s a strong British accent. I do identify with her.”

That voice suggests Pepper’s secret 

Whatever accent they selected, Pepper Smith was at all times going to have lots to say on Katy Keene. Chan believes that’s protecting up her personal secrets and techniques.

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Julia Chan | Barbara Nitke/The CW

“She’s got quite a set of lungs on her,” Chan mentioned. “Some good one-liners but I’m curious to see that character teased out because there’s a bit of a redacted past. I’m curious to see what she’s really up to and what’s driving her. I’m not as secretive. I’m much more of an open book and I’m not remotely a con artist of any kind, I assure you but I do identify with her spirit a lot.”

Pepper Smith’s ‘Katy Keene’ thriller should make sense

At this early stage in Katy Keene, the chances for Pepper’s mysterious previous are extensive open. Whatever they could be, Chan hopes they’re practical.

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Julia Chan | Eric Liebowitz/The CW

“I think what will be my hope and I think what will be interesting about this character is how we ground her,” Chan mentioned. “I think when somebody has that much mystery and that much, I don’t want to say artifice, but there’ a way that she moves around the world. I think there’s a lot of protective mechanisms going on so I’m curious to know how we’re going to balance that with how we ground [her].”

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